Eat Drink KL: icook Italian Gastronomia

Sunday, October 16, 2011

icook Italian Gastronomia

In the few years that he's been in KL, chef Nicola Carradori hasn't stayed still. When we first encountered him, he was the kitchen maestro at Delucca. Earlier this year, we saw him guiding Pavilion's Markethall. And now, he's running "icook," his own restaurant in Petaling Jaya.

Authentic, well-executed Italian dishes can be expected here. The house-made bread, grilled with rosemary & generously topped with sauteed chicken liver, capers & red onions, is a fitting representative of the food _ simple stuff, featuring fresh, robust flavors.

Spaghetti with tuna & olives. Prices should please PJ's crowds _ this spaghetti costs RM18.90+. Produce from the ocean is a cornerstone of icook's menu; other carb-laden choices here include seafood risotto & seafood penne.

Chef Nicola's foremost recommendation might seem surprising: roast chicken. But it's a pleasure _ not amazing, but nearly impossible to criticize. Much like this restaurant, really.

Wine will be available soon, once icook secures a liquor license. For now, there's beer.

All in all, it's a lively place, well worth visiting, with chef Nicola amiably strolling around & chatting with customers. He plans to offer cooking classes by next month, so this place could become quite a gastronomic hot spot soon.

icook Italian Gastronomia,
3 Two Square, Jalan 19/1, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7960-1691
Closed Sundays.